They’re in the money
Figures recorded before the Nov. 5 election reveal that Rick Keene’s blitz toward the state Assembly has collected $293,776, including a $100,000 self-loan and contributions of $3,000 from Phillip Morris tobacco company, $3,000 from the Gun Owners of California, $2,000 from Sierra Pacific Industries, $1,000 from Wal-Mart out of Bentonville, Ark., and $1,750 from Pacific Lumber Company.
Keene has spent $272,992 of the money he’s raised on his campaign thus far.
Keene’s Democratic opponent, Stuart King, meanwhile, has raised the exceedingly modest amount of about $6,000.
On the local front, dentist Ross Bradford’s campaign for Chico City Council has brought in a staggering $57,496 (including a $25,000 loan to himself), clearly outdistancing second-leading fund-raiser Scott Gruendl’s $21,503. Bradford has rung up $38,019 in expenditures, compared to Gruendl’s $21,012.
Bradford’s most recent big contributors include Agasy, Inc., builders ($1,000), Maxwell Partners, business unknown ($1,000), James Paiva, farmer ($1,000), Ritchie Homes ($1,000), Mid Valley Title & Escrow ($500), Martin Finnegan, retired ($450), Italian Cottage ($300), Fit One Athletic Club ($250) and Jolene Francis, banker ($250).
Gruendl’s biggest donors include Andy Holcombe, attorney ($750), the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund ($500), Kelly Meagher, retired ($500), John and Ethel Geiger, caterers ($350) and Jon Luvaas, attorney ($350). The remainder of Gruendl’s contributions is in increments of $200 or less, with the majority under $100.
Mayor Dan Herbert has raised $18,194 and spent $11,671. Herbert’s major benefactors include Webb Homes ($1,000), Dan Hunt, president of Mid Valley Title ($600), Mid Valley Title ($600), Carolyn Dauterman, owner of Thomas Welding & Machine ($500), Rick Keene for Assembly ($500), Lewis Everett, property manager ($400), Gerald Hardesty, plastering contractors ($400) and James Ledgerwood, developer ($350).
Incumbent Maureen Kirk has raised $16,491 and spent $11,234. Kirk, too, has benefited from the generosity of Meagher ($500) and Francis the banker ($250), while the remainder of her latest contributions comes in sums of $100 or less.
Second-time candidate Barbi Boeger has $4,127, of which she’s spent $2,040. Her biggest contributor is the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 1240 ($250). The others are $100 or less.
Of the independent expenditure committees, Clear Choice, which is supporting Herbert and Bradford, has now raised $22,533 and spent $15,216. Clear Choice’s big guns are Land’s End Real Estate ($2,000), Guillon Industrial Properties ($1,000), Hardesty and Sons, Inc. ($1,000), James Paiva, the farmer ($1,000), Agasy, Inc., builders ($1,000), Fogarty Investments, developer ($700), Geoffrey Farrar, real-estate broker ($500) and V-Tech custom car part manufacturers ($500).
Chico Conservative Voters, with former Councilmember David Guzzetti as treasurer, has raised $3,293 on behalf of Kirk and Gruendl and spent $2,063.